Does angina interrupt your life?

Complete the Chronic Angina Checklist to help your cardiologist get a fuller picture of how angina affects you
Complete the Chronic Angina Checklist

Angina video

Watch this helpful video to learn more about angina, usually a symptom of coronary heart disease
Watch the video

Reducing angina symptoms

There are many ways to treat chronic angina. Your cardiologist may suggest one or more of the options below based on your symptoms, health, and medical history.1 Click on the tabs to learn more.

Medical procedures

Based on your angina and medical history, your cardiologist may suggest a medical procedure, in addition to your medicines, to treat your angina.

  • Heart bypass surgery
    Heart bypass surgery uses healthy blood vessels from your own body to bypass or go around a narrowed coronary artery. The blood vessels are placed around the narrow artery to give blood a pathway to the heart. Bypass surgery can help improve blood flow and relieve angina1
  • Angioplasty/percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting
    In this procedure, a tiny balloon is placed inside a blocked artery. The balloon pushes against the blockage or narrow area to open the artery. A stent or small tube may be put in the artery to keep it open. Angioplasty and stenting can help relieve chest pain.1 In some patients, bypass surgery or PCI may help to get rid of chronic angina. However, many patients who have these treatments still have angina up to 3 years later. If your doctor suggests a procedure, discuss risks, benefits, and other options before you make a decision15
  • Enhanced external counterpulsation therapy (EECP)
    This treatment can improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle by placing cuffs on the legs and inflating and deflating the cuffs in rhythm with the heartbeat1

The goal in treating chronic angina is to12:

  • Reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort
  • Allow a return to normal activities

*If you have angina that does not go away with rest or nitroglycerin, get emergency medical help right away.

If you still have angina even though you are getting treatment, talk with your doctor about your options.

The information on this website does not take the place of talking with your cardiologist or healthcare professional.

Does angina interrupt your life?

Complete the Chronic Angina Checklist to help your cardiologist get a fuller picture of how angina affects you
Complete the Chronic Angina Checklist

Angina video

Watch this helpful video to learn more about angina, usually a symptom of coronary heart disease
Watch the video
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